Estonian firm to buy coffee from Nyeri farmers
Buyers take samples for quality assessment before deciding on orders, prices
Nyeri coffee farmers are likely to be selling beans directly to the small Baltic country of Estonia.
A delegation from Estonia visited Mukurwe-Ini, Mathira and Othaya on Tuesday and said are impressed by the high-quality coffee.
They are taking samples back to their country before deciding on the volume and prices they need. Then an MoU is to be signed.
The team from the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and the Coffee People OU Company of Estonia was led by Kadri Humal Ayal, the honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia in Kenya, and Annar Alas, the founder and managing director of the Coffee People OU Co of Estonia.
Nyeri Deputy Governor Samuel Wamathai said this was a big achievement for farmers because their coffee will be sold directly to the new market, once an MoU is signed.
He assured the delegation of the best quality, saying the county is one of the Kenya’s leading coffee growers due to its deep, well-drained acidic soils, evenly distributed rainfall, altitude and topography that provide excellent growing conditions.
The deputy governor said farmers’ improved income will greatly reduce poverty, promote wealth creation and better living standards.
“The Nyeri county government has set aside Sh100 million in this financial year to support value addition by our coffee societies. This will significantly boost our direct coffee sales,” he said.
Wamathai said the Othaya Coffee Society exports limited quantities of coffee to countries such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the US, South Korea and Taiwan and have acquired experience to market anywhere in the world. Also present during the tour were Nyeri Trade executive Erastus Muriuki and his Agriculture counterpart Robert Thuo.
Alas said his country, with a 1.3 million population, uses a lot of coffee and will definitely buy if the Kenyan coffee has the best quality.
“We want to start a long-term relationship with Nyeri county ... We have been buying [Kenyan] coffee from a buyer from Norway. We assure local farmers they will benefit,” he said.
Alas said a similar MoU has been signed between his company and Colombia, also famous for its coffee.